What Does the Washington Wizards Starting Lineup Look Like for the 2021–22 Season?

Published 08/14/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the net against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Washington Wizards have gone through their share of struggles as a franchise in the past years. While Russell Westbrook came in as their binding hope, he left too soon to join the Lakers Big 3 for the next season. However, Westbrook’s exit and fresh additions to the roster have majorly refurbished the upcoming 2021 Wizards.

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Having finished the previous season early in Round 1, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard decided to call in some shots. Russell Westbrook went to the Lakers in a big trade deal for Kyle Kuzma, Montezzl Harrel, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and #22 draft pick. Seems like the Wizards are looking for a cushion roster surrounded around their leading star Bradley Beal.

Washington Wizards starting lineup

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With a multitude of changes during the trading summer, the Washington Wizards will experience a primary shift in their starting lineup for the 2021-22 season. So, let’s take a look at their five starters who are expected to make a move.

Backcourt

Washington Wizards will be led by their shooting guard, Bradley Beal, in the upcoming season. After his partner Russell Westbrook took off to Los Angeles, Beal will play the central role in the team. The 28-year-old has been in notable form, having scored his career-high of 60 points last season against the Philadelphia 76ers. Fans await the leadership stance of Beal next season with a new roster surrounding him.

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Former Brooklyn Nets star Spencer Dinwiddie is amongst the fascinating trades to Washington. Filling the shoes of Russell Westbrook won’t be an easy affair, but Dinwiddie’s skillset will be promising for the team. Leaving the Nets Big 3 behind, Spencer Dinwiddie is here to make an appearance of his own. His pairing with Bradley Beal and transition from Westbrook will be crucial on the offensive end.

Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) drives against Golden State Warriors power forward Eric Paschall (7) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Frontcourt

The young man from Lakers is expected to make his way into the Wizards starting lineup, pushing Raul Neto to the bench. Kuzma was an asset to his former team, but last season went particularly down-sloping for the 26-year-old. With an impressive ability from beyond the arc, Kuzma may revamp his aura in the league during this time.

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Mar 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Another forward for the team is Rui Hachimura. After a recent impressive Tokyo Olympics performance for Japan, Hachimura is looking in good shape for the next season. This 2021-22 season will be his third year in the league playing for the Wizards.

The 6-ft-10-inch center Daniel Gafford will retain his spot this year. His defensive prowess and hustle in the paint will be key in completing the starting five. Daniel led a moment of individual achievement during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, breaking an all-time record for field goal percentage with a massive 84.6%.

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Do you think Washington Wizards has headed in the right direction after their leading star’s exit? Let us know in the comments.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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